Time Required:

5 minutes

Tools Required:
  • None
        Chess Objective(s):

        Students will be able to:

        • Learn how to be a gracious winner and loser
        General Objective(s):
        • Learn about good sportsmanship
        • Demonstrate how to be a gracious winner or loser
        Description:

        This quick activity helps students learn how to exhibit gracious winning and losing behavior through empathy and roleplay. Each student learns how to be a respectful winner or loser by practicing with the teacher and other students. 

        First, instruct the students that an important part of chess (and life) is showing good sportsmanship. Even though we’re sad when we lose a game or happy when we win, it’s important to remember be respectful of our opponent. Every chess match, regardless of the outcome, ends with the players shaking hands and saying ‘good game’. 

        Ask children to discuss how they or one of their friends might feel if they won a chess game. Ask children how they or one of their friends might feel if they lost a chess game. Ask children about positive and negative ways to handle losing and winning, e.g., saying ‘congratulations’, not making fun of your opponent. Finally, ask the students to shake hands with a few of their friends and practice saying ‘good game’, just like at the end of every chess match.

        Description for Parents

        The children thought about how they would feel if they won a chess game and how they would feel if they lost a chess game. We talked about ways to handle our emotions at the end of the game, and then we shook hands and said, “Good game!,” just like at the end of every chess match.